July 11, 2014 12:00 pm

Farmers need to work together for a long-term solution to flooding

Farm groups say Manitoba, Saskatchewan and neighbouring U-S states need to work together on a long-term solution to flooding.

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REGINA – Farm groups say Manitoba, Saskatchewan and neighbouring U-S states need to work together on a long-term solution to flooding.

Doug Chorney, with Keystone Agricultural Producers, says it’s one thing if a farmer has to deal with too much water on his land, but the problem is worse if water is also coming from 100 farms upstream.

Chorney suggests there should be more structures built to store water and points to work being done by the Red River Basin Commission in North Dakota.

Norm Hall, president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, says there has been a lot of talk that farmers draining their land in Saskatchewan added to the flooding in Manitoba.

But he says many areas in Saskatchewan hit by torrential rain nearly two weeks ago were already saturated to the point where rivers and creeks were running high.

Hall agrees with Chorney that a system-wide plan is needed to better manage the water.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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